Comanche Gold Download
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
While Team Apache excels at the relaxed realism approach, NovaLogic stray even more into arcade territory with Comanche Gold. With extra missions and a mission editor, this is probably the least realistic of all the sims on test here, and hence the easiest to get into.
The Comanche is the US Army's latest chopper. Unlike the big, ugly-looking Apache, it's all smooth and plane-like (except that it's also got a rotor). This means that it's faster and stealthier, and thus even better at blowing up tanks. Unlike the rest of the sims here, which have a couple of different locations at most, the missions in Comanche Gold take you right across the globe, with all the different types of terrain that this entails.
The graphics are pretty good, with plenty of detail and nice effects, but this is the only sim in our round-up that doesn't support some kind of 3D acceleration.
Now, you might be forgiven for thinking that this shouldn't matter, because Comanche's graphics are already pretty good, and surely only a complete tosser would recommend that you buy an expensive piece of new hardware just to make games look a bit better? But even though the graphics in some accelerated games are awful, they're even worse without it, as hardware acceleration makes every game using it look better.
Although Comanche sports some of the finest unaccelerated graphics out there, it can't compare to Team Apache running on a 3Dfx card. If you don't have a 3D card - great; but if you're interested in sims you really should have one anyway.
Comanchefs missions are very varied and well-designed, and there's always plenty going on around you to provide that all-important immersion factor. For example, in one mission you have to cover a landing by marines, and you get a lovely warm feeling from keeping your eye on them until they're all safely ashore. As in any self-respecting chopper sim, you're not alone most of the time, as you have a wingman to look after, too. Unfortunately, he seems to need quite a bit of this, and the Al seems a bit suspect.
Although this review might seem a bit negative, many of the complaints are just nit-picking, really, and Comanche Gold is a pretty good game. It's definitely more arcadey that most, but this isn't a bad thing, it's just that Longbow 2 anti Team Apache are so excellent, and anything else is bound to struggle a bit when pitted against them.
However, if you want a fun game, decent (although unaccelerated) graphics and tons of well-designed missions, you could do a lot worse.